An efficient way to do this is with parallel capture: multiple cassette decks playing into a multi-track card (or cards). I strongly recommend something like the RME MultiFace II or FireFace as their DigiCheck utility captures multiple tracks quickly and efficiently.
Currently, I'm using three M-Audio Delta 44 cards to capture mono audio from 12 VHS tapes simultaneously. Using Audition in multi-track mode, the WAV files are created on-the-fly with no saving time required at the end of the capture. Unfortunately, the timed-record mode isn't available for multi-track capture in Audition - a script had to be written. With 3,500 tapes and 6 hours of audio on each one, I'm capturing 24 tapes (144 hours) per day.
Of course, there will be the big task at some point of cropping silences from each end but at least the material is captured and accessible!
From: Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Joel Alperson
Sent: Thursday, 21 February 2013 10:32 a.m.
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Subject: [ARSCLIST] Digitizing 10,000+ audio cassettes
My name is Joel Alperson and I was referred to this list by Brenda Nelson-Strauss.
I have the task of digitizing over 10,000 audio cassettes (plus a variety of other media, but the cassettes are the biggest part of the project).
While I'm fairly computer and even audio-literate, and I know that tapes can be recorded at double-speed or even faster (with a potential reduction in recording quality), I'm wondering if there are machines or methods that can reduce the time it will take me to complete this project.
The recordings are all of voices, no music. So I believe that should make the task easier.
But the prospect of having to spend perhaps thousands of hours to complete all of the recording is a bit daunting.
Any suggestions you have will be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance for any help you can offer.
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